While we might not be writing about the childhood of our protagonist, but we must take into consideration what type of childhood the individual experienced.
For example, a child who was surrounded by love, nurtured and encouraged to explore different ideas, will grow into a different adult than one who grew up in negativity, in chaos, in fear.
Your task is to select at least one of your characters and create a bullet list that details the kind of life that person had as a child and teen. On one side, list the experiences. On the other, the effects. Try to list at least ten things.
The third thing to consider is whether or not the individual has moved beyond any adverse effects. If the character has, how did the person so this?
Once you’ve completed your task, then select a scene to rewrite, taking into consideration what the character experienced growing up. You don’t need to mention the events, but keep them in mind as your character negotiates the day.
Have fun with this one.